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Celebrity LA bear to get new 'Club Med' life

Published on Aug 31, 2012 6:15 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A bear that became an online celebrity has been recaptured after making his way yet again back to Los Angeles - and this time will get a new life in a "Club Med" for cuddly but dangerous animals.

Nicknamed Meatball and with his own Twitter account, the bear had already been returned to the wild twice after being found snaffling for food in the Los Angeles suburbs, the last time in July.

On that occasion he was tranquillized after being found asleep in a tree, and bundled off to the Los Angeles National Forest, a long way from the suburb of Glendale, from which he got his Twitter handle @TheGlendaleBear.

But on Wednesday he was back, spotted taking dip in someone's pool in another outlying district, and that was the final straw. He was lured into a cage - with bacon and honey - and will now be leaving California altogether.

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